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Britain’s young people to struggle to get on the property ladder

The UK’s dwindling stocks of affordable housing has often been called a crisis. But in the report Housing options and solutions for young people in 2020 the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) says things will only … Continue reading “Britain’s young people to struggle to get on the property ladder”


Bailout for Spain’s banks lifts Asian shares

Spain’s EUR100bn bailout package has lifted shares in Asia and resulted in a 1% gain for the euro against the US dollar and the Japanese yen. Stock markets in Japan and Hong Kong … Continue reading “Bailout for Spain’s banks lifts Asian shares”


Scottish ‘Yes’ campaign for independence is launched

A campaign in favour of Scottish independence is being launched in Edinburgh today. There are plans for a referendum on whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom, although a date for the vote … Continue reading “Scottish ‘Yes’ campaign for independence is launched”


Asia-Pacific stock markets rebound on G8 comments

Stock markets in Asia and Australia recovered slightly on Monday as G8 members, meeting over the weekend, said they would do everything in their power to avoid another full blown financial crisis The … Continue reading “Asia-Pacific stock markets rebound on G8 comments”


Dubai economy now on the up, say DED and HSBC Banking

Traditionally a treasure chest of good news for the financial and banking world, Dubai is boasting more positive data these days, according to reports by HSBC and Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED). … Continue reading “Dubai economy now on the up, say DED and HSBC Banking”


The Truth About Payday Loan Fees Compared to Alternative Loan Charges [Infographic]

This info graphic looks at the cheapest way to borrow £100 on a short term basis from four different solutions. The case study focuses on Peter, who represents the average short term borrower … Continue reading “The Truth About Payday Loan Fees Compared to Alternative Loan Charges [Infographic]”


Bank of England keeps interest rates at 0.5% and holds back from further QE

The Bank of England has maintained UK interest rates at 0.5% and also announced yesterday that it will not be extending its programme of quantitative easing (QE). Rates have been held at a … Continue reading “Bank of England keeps interest rates at 0.5% and holds back from further QE”


UK home repossession levels stable in first quarter, CML reports

Home repossessions in the UK in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to 9,600, the same as in the first quarter of 2011, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) reported today. This puts … Continue reading “UK home repossession levels stable in first quarter, CML reports”


UK manufacturing returns to growth in March but industrial output falls

UK manufacturing output rose again in March, showing an increase of 0.9% after a fall of 1.1% in February, according to the latest Index of Production released today by the Office for National … Continue reading “UK manufacturing returns to growth in March but industrial output falls”


UK retail sales hit by wettest April on record

Retail sales in the UK were were dampened by the wettest April on record, according to a report released today by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). The latest BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor reveals … Continue reading “UK retail sales hit by wettest April on record”


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